Peppermint Bark French Toast

Looking for a way to wow with Christmas breakfast? Look no further than Peppermint Bark Stuffed French Toast! It’s decadent and worthy of any celebration, and is simple to make too!

Meet your Christmas breakfast.

It’s everything you want to celebrate–carby and decadent, and basically starting your day off with dessert. Because Christmas comes but once a year, right?

This Peppermint Bark French Toast is stuffed with a chocolate and peppermint bark cream cheese filling, then piled high with whipped cream, more peppermint bark, and drizzled (or drenched) with a chocolate ganache. Because who needs syrup when there’s chocolate in the world?

How to Make Peppermint Bark French Toast

  • Prepare your toppings (whipped cream, ganache, etc.), then set aside until serving.
  • First, Slice your French bread into 1 1/2″ slices, then carefully cut a slit across the bottom of each piece of bread to create a pocket in the slice. Cut it as wide across and deep into the slice as you can without breaking through the rest of the crust.
  • Mix up the cream cheese peppermint filling, and use a knife to press several tablespoons of the filling into each slice of bread. The slices will bulge slightly–don’t press on them, or the filling will ooze out the bottom.
  • Prepare the egg custard, and heat your skillet over medium heat (I recommend cast iron–see the notes for more details).
  • Dip the stuffed bread slices into the egg mixture, giving each side a minute or so to soak.
  • Melt about a tablespoon of butter in the pan, and when it is sizzling place the soaked bread slices in it. Allow it to cook for 3-5 minutes, then flip it with a metal spatula when it is golden brown and toasted. Allow the other side to cook, then briefly cook any edges that have raw egg custard.
  • Remove the French toast from the pan, and repeat the cooking process with any remaining slices, adding more butter as needed. You may need to wipe out the pan so that you don’t have any burnt bits of butter and egg sticking to your bread.
  • Serve while warm with the toppings and enjoy!

Notes on Peppermint Bark French Toast

  • Stale bread will soak up the custard better, which makes for better french toast. If you don’t have stale bread, just slice up the bread and allow it to sit out for an hour or two if possible.
  • You can buy the peppermint bark, but why not make your own? It’s simple and delicious! Click here to see the recipe and pin it.
  • Most of the components can be prepped ahead of time — the filling, chocolate ganache for topping, bread slicing, etc.– making for a quicker, easier breakfast.
  • Any leftover filling you may have is delicious as a cream cheese schmear on bagels!
  • You may also want to serve it with extra filling on the side, just in case someone likes it extra rich and delicious.
  • For griddle cooking/frying French toast, I recommend using cast iron. It takes a few minutes more to get up to temperature, but it maintains and distributes the heat very evenly, leaving you with perfectly golden slices of toast. I have one of these skillets from Le Creuset and I LOVE IT, but any good quality cast iron skillet will work great.
Chocolate Drizzling over Whipped Cream Piled on Top of French Toast
Peppermint Bark in a silver bowl

How to Make a French Toast Casserole

French toast casseroles are very popular, and with good reason! They’re easily made ahead of time, and are delicious. To make Peppermint Bark French Toast Casserole, cut the bread into 3/4″ slices, spread the filling between them and lay in a large casserole baking dish. Increase the milk to a full cup, pour the custard over the top and allow it to sit overnight. Bake at 350F for 50 minutes to an hour, or until the top is golden brown. Top with garnishes and serve warm.



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Peppermint Bark French Toast is stuffed with a cream cheese filling, then piled high with whipped cream, peppermint bark, and drizzled with chocolate ganache

Peppermint Bark French Toast


  • Author: Rebecca Neidhart
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Description

Looking for a way to wow with Christmas breakfast? Look no further than Peppermint Bark Stuffed French Toast! It’s decadent and worthy of any celebration, and is simple to make too!


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Ingredients

For the French Toast:

  • 12 slices of French bread, 1 1/2″ thick
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

For the Filling:

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 3/4 cup peppermint bark, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 46 Tbsp. butter, for the griddle

For Toppings & Garnishes:

  • Peppermint bark
  • Whipped cream
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped chocolate

Notes

  • Stale bread will soak up the custard better, which makes for better french toast. If you don’t have stale bread, just slice up the bread and allow it to sit out for an hour or two if possible.
  • You can buy the peppermint bark, but why not make your own? It’s simple and delicious! Click here to see the recipe and pin it.
  • Most of the components can be prepped ahead of time — the filling, chocolate ganache for topping, bread slicing, etc.– making for a quicker, easier breakfast
  • Any leftover filling you may have is delicious as a cream cheese schmear on bagels!
  • If you would prefer to bake this as a casserole, cut the bread into 3/4″ slices, spread the filling between them and lay in a large casserole baking dish. Increase the milk to a full cup, pour the custard over the top and allow it to sit overnight. Bake at 350F for 50 minutes to an hour, or until the top is golden brown. Top with garnishes and serve warm.
  • Category: Breakfast & Brunch
  • Method: Pan Frying
  • Cuisine: American, French

Keywords: French Toast, peppermint bark, christmas breakfast

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